Prosthodontic Management of Angular Cheilitis and Persistent Drooling: A Case Report

Dominic P. Lu, DDS

October 2007 Issue - Expires October 31st, 2009

Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry

Abstract

This article describes a case of persistent saliva drooling, and the accompanying chronic angular cheilitis, that is not uncommon in the elderly patient population. A drug therapy and the temporomandibular joint aspect of vertical dimension of occlusion during prosthodontic evaluation and construction are presented. Also described is a method to incorporate a canula into the denture prosthesis to channel the saliva toward the oropharyngeal area for geriatric and handicapped patients who suffer from chronic drooling and angular cheilitis.

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